The Look

What is hiding behind that mole?

Josephine Halvorson, Gun Holes. 2012, oil on linen.15 x 19”. Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

The text she had in hand had been a most fortuitous acquisition. On her way to this date with Miguel, Kamtchowsky had descried a hamster-colored mane next to the ticket machine in the Malabia station on the B line. They hadn’t seen each other in months; her mother gave her a kiss, asked how she was doing, and informed her that she was on her way back from a meeting with the guys at the publisher. She had with her the proofs of Aunt Vivi’s diary, and the book was almost ready. Do you want to have a look?

—Translated from the Spanish by Roy Kesey

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